Granville A. Bennett

Granville Allison Bennett


Born: 23 September, 1901, Hiawatha, Kansas

Academic Degrees

  • MD: University of Iowa, 1925

Academic Positions

  • 1931 - 1943 Department of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
  • 1943 - 1945 Chair of Pathology, Tulane, University, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1945 - 1954 Chair of Pathology, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois (recruited by Eric Oldberg and Percival Bailey, both trained by Harvey Cushing, both of whom had known Granville during his Harvard years)
  • 1954 - 1968 Dean, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois


  • University of Iowa; Harvard Medical School (under S. Burt Wolbach)

Selected Career Highlights

  • Second Editor in Chief of the pathology journal for the American Medical Association Archives of Pathology (1951-1954).

  • Drawn to orthopedic pathology possibly because of Dr. Wolbach's own experimental work with bone and the changes in that tissue associated with the lack or excess of certain vitamins in the diet. Became an authority on bone and joint diseases, particularly the effects of aging on the joints (degenerative arthritis). Responsible for characterizing the diagnostic uniqueness of the subcutaneous lesions of rheumatoid arthritis. With Bauer, one of the early rheumatologists in the USA, added to our knowledge of the synovial fluid and lubrication of the joints in health and disease. Made singular contributions in cataloguing a wide variety of congenital and inflammatory diseases as well as tumors of bone.

  • Built Pathology at University of Illinois into a well-rounded academic enterprise; recruited Isidore Gersh and Hubert Catchpole. Trained Conrad L. Pirani, one of the founding fathers of American Nephropathology.

  • One of the Founders of the College of American Pathologists.

  • President of the American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists.

  • Became a national resource as a diagnostic bone pathologist. Consultant for the AFIP, wrote classic chapter in Anderson's Textbook of Pathology. Served on Study Section of Arthritis & Metabolism.

  • Warm, thoughtful, quiet, self-effacing man with a wonderful sense of humor.


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